Old Fashioned Family Vacations

Old Fashioned Family Vacations
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An old-fashioned family vacation is a great way to reconnect with your family, without the interruption of modern technology. Imagine having a conversation with your teenage daughter without texting. This conversation is happening face-to-face and she’s not even distracted by what’s happening on her iPad – only because you chose to go the old-fashioned route and banned devices from your vacation.

Like stepping into a time warp, the moment you’re packed and have left the house, you’re capitulated backward to a simpler time. Remember how much fun you used to have travelling with your family when you were a kid? Sure, there were moments of unbridled sibling bickering, but by the end of the trip, everyone will be having fun, holding hands and happily singing along to the radio.

An old-fashioned vacation forces everyone to learn to communicate, enjoy each other’s company, get along and enjoy the open road. Take one of these fun old-fashioned family vacations to reconnect with your family.

The Road Trip

Be prepared to take your time on the open road. Back in the day, a family would take a cross-country road trip, oftentimes sparing three weeks of vacation time to celebrate with fun and sun. Make sure you have enough time to get where you’re going, spend some time there and get home with enough time to relax, before heading back to work.  

What’s the point of a road trip if you’re not stopping for fun along the way?

During the initial planning stage, you’ll want to prepare a map, with pinpoints marking the locations you plan to visit. Even though you’ve pre-planned your stops, don’t be afraid to wing it now and again when you’re out on the open road. The kids will adore an unplanned visit to a nearby botanical gardens or an impromptu stop at Pizza Mammoth Lakes, a community staple in beautiful Mammoth Lakes, California. You’ll stop in for delicious pizza, but end up staying for the area’s lush natural wonder.


Modern camping is all about GPS devices, cell phones, portable radios, portable johns and automatic fire starters.  

It’s time to ditch the gadgets and rough it like you used to. Your kids deserve a night under the stars, away from the hustle-bustle of suburban life. This old-fashioned family vacation surrounds the family with nature and is even better when you’re camping out near a lake or river. The family can splash and play in the surf, before settling in under the stars.  

Teach your kids some wilderness skill, by making the fire a fun challenge. Cook food, like hot dogs and marshmallows, over the open flame. You don’t have to sleep under animal skins, but putting up the tent should be something fun the family does together. Imagine it’s the 1950’s and camp in a similar fashion.

Old-Fashioned Trip to the Grand Canyon

This natural wonder has stood the test of time, making it one of the oldest family destinations in the country. With modern advancements, it’s likely you’ll be able to get a cell phone signal, but encourage your family to leave their phones in their pockets, unless they want to snap a priceless family photo.

In the Grand Canyon, old-fashioned activities abound. While visiting, you can attend free ranger programs, stop by the museum, and ride burros to the bottom of the canyon. Plus, there’s even more to do. A quick trip to the visitor’s center will tell you everything you need to know about the area.  

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About The Author

BeckyBecky Wilcox is a freelance writer who has a passion for education and technology. In her spare time she loves to experiment with new dishes in the kitchen and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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